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Push ahead on Crossrail 2, next government urged

Elizabeth line train crossrail

Crossrail 2 and Heathrow expansion should begin as soon as possible after the election, according to a major business group.

In its manifesto for the capital, business group London First calls on the next government to introduce a Crossrail 2 Bill as soon as possible to cope with a projected population of 10M in the city by 2036.

“As soon as Crossrail is open, it’s time to start work in earnest on Crossrail 2,” said the manifesto.

Construction of Heathrow’s third runway should start promptly, according to the document, and a new aviation strategy should allow other airports to plan effectively for their future growth..

“Business is clear: we have to remain open to the people this city needs, from London, the UK and around the world, and invest in transport, housing and infrastructure to create growth,” said London First chief executive Jasmine Whitbread.

“At a time when central government will be rightly focused on the Brexit negotiations, there is a strong case for government to push the delivery of economic growth to devolved institutions, empowering cities and regions to spur the innovation and productivity gains that will be critical to the UK’s future economic success.”

Transport sits high on London First’s agenda, with calls for more resources for TfL and a framework for more sustainable vehicle ownership models both detailed in the manifesto.

More than 200 business leaders contributed to the 14 page manifesto, which covers skills, transport and housing as key barriers to growth in London.

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